Click on each concurrent session group below to view all sessions within that time frame. Click on each session to view speakers, descriptions and learner outcomes. Please note all sessions are listed in Central Time.

Wednesday, June 8

New AAOHN Member Coffee & Networking | 8:00 am - 8:30 am

Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Awards | 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Opening Keynote | 9:00 am - 10:00 am.

100: Coronormal Future of Work

John Howard, MD

In our Opening Keynote, Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH will provide a look at past and present pandemics, offer a discussion on the resulting labor and employment changes, and offer strategic insights for the future of work.

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe the trends that have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic as applied to the future of work.
  • Discuss strategic foresight as a tool to create scenarios of plausible futures of work.

Concurrent Sessions 1 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

101: COVID Updates on Vaccines, Variants and Therapeutics

Anita K. McElroy, MD, PhD; Glenn Rapsinski, MD, PhD

A two-for-one session on COVID-19 for occupational health nurses. In session 1, our expert will present updated information on SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and variants. In session 2, our expert discusses COVID-19 Therapeutics.

Learner Outcomes

  • Apply updates to practice following the education.
  • Identify new treatments following the education.

102: Unraveling Evidence to Successfully Advance Occupational Health Nursing Practice

Dawn S. Stone, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN; Wendie A. Robbins, PhD, RN; Hamida Khanmohammed, RN, MSN, CNS, NP-BC, DNP-candidateD

In this session, OHNs will learn the differences between research projects, evidenced based practice updates, and quality improvement projects. They will understand the key differences between research, quality improvement and evidence based practice. OHNs will increase their knowledge to apply new practice updates through literature and studies, improve practice following that new knowledge and improve patient outcomes or processes specific to settings.

Learner Outcomes

  • Differentiate research, quality improvement and evidence-based practice.
  • Discuss strategies that utilize research and/or quality improvement projects to improve worker health outcomes and workplace processes.

103: Environmental Effects on Workers: Heat and Cold Related Illnesses and the Effects of Temperature on the Skin

Diane Olejar, MSN, ANP-BC, CNS, DOT CME; Margaret Finucane, RN, COHN-S/CM

Work environments can differ greatly in different parts of the world as well as seasonally. Workplaces can be indoors or outdoor but depending on the environmental controls indoors can be as problematic as outdoors. Humidity, refrigeration, heated equipment, air conditioning, or lack thereof can all pose potential health hazards to individuals. In addition to systemic effects there can also be deleterious effects on the skin and respiratory system. Frostbite, sunburn and other heat, cooling or electrical sources can cause serious tissue damage as well. Many employers are unaware of the dangers of heat, cold or electricity on their workers or themselves. The Occupational Nurse is in the perfect position to bring awareness to the employer and protect the health and wellbeing of the workers. In this presentation we will explore the effects of environmental temperature and humidity on the body as well as discuss thermal or electrical damage to the skin. We will also discuss scene safety and preventive measures that can be taken to lessen the chance of injury. Should systemic or local tissue injury occur appropriate treatments will also be discussed.

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify thermal environmental conditions that may cause harm to individuals.
  • Discuss ways to prevent thermal conditions in the workplace.
  • Effectively treat thermal illnesses and thermal injuries to the skin to stabilize the worker until advanced medical intervention can be obtained.

104: Reducing Environmental Exposures to Tobacco Smoke and Radon to Improve Air Quality in the Workplace

Karen M. Butler, DNP, RN, FAAN, Stacy Stanifer, PhD, APRN, AOCNS; Ellen J. Hahn, PhD, RN, FAAN

Learner Outcomes

  • Analyze the risk posed to workers and others by co-exposure to tobacco smoke and radon across all workplace settings.
  • Discuss multiple impacts of policies and programs to lower co-exposures in the workplace.
  • Evaluate the findings from a cross-sectional policy study of LTC facilities and discuss implications for occupational health nursing.

Clinical Practice Networking Exchange | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stephanie Weinsier, DNP, ANP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN; Sarah Hewitt, RNP-BC, COHN-S; Lara Stahl, BSN, RN, COHN-S; Erika Sweet, MSN, RN, NP

This networking session is an opportunity for all attendees to gather, learn from each other, and share best practices. Facilitated by a panel from the AAOHN Clinical Practice Committee, the most frequently requested clincal practice topics from OHN members were evaluated and will be brought forward for dicussion in this live session. Participants can engage through live discussion and chat and will be asked to offer up current practice challenges to determine opportunities for future research and improvement.

Learner Outcomes

  • Explore the current challenges facing OHN's and their clinical practice.
  • Discuss best practices, share expertise, and identify networking opportunities to support safe clinical practice.
  • Identify opportunities for personal and professional development by participating on a national professional organization committee.
  • Identify the importance of advancing practice, research, and education within Occupational Health Nursing.

Concurrent Sessions 2 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

105: Suboxone, “Saving Lives, Changing Lives” for NPs

Mary Jo Cerepani, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP, FAEN

The Opioid Crisis continues to be epidemic in this pandemic we are living the lack of in person care and testing, people continue to overdose. This session will educate Nurse Practitioners on the medications used for addiction as it relates to employees.

Learner Outcomes

  • Discuss the pharmokinectics of suboxone.
  • Discuss the importance of allowing employees to work while taking suboxone.

106: Meaningful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Emotional and Physical Safety Associated With the Employee Who is Obese

Susan Gallagher, PhD, MA, MSN, CBN, CSPHP; William Gourash, DNP; Tracy Carr

Sixty-six percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Employees report barriers in parking, toileting, waiting areas, office settings, the cafeteria, seating, and more. These barriers lead to misunderstanding, insensitivities, and ultimately exclusion. In this session, a panel of experts will discuss the emotional and physical safety issues for obese employees in the workplace.

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify the impact frequency and severity of obesity have on your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.
  • Discuss commonly accepted employee health and wellness strategies.
  • Describe elements of the lived experience of obesity in the workplace.

107: Evidence-Based Mini Wellness Activities for the Workplace


In this session, participants will enhance their knowledge about evidence-based wellness strategies. Positive effects of wellness include enhanced mental health, job satisfaction, performance, and overall efficiency and error reduction in the workplace. Evidence-based mini-wellness activities of 2-5 minutes duration have been successfully implemented in the virtual or in-person classroom with nurse practitioner students and faculty. These same strategies can easily be implemented in a variety of formats in the workplace led by occupational health professionals. Exemplars will be presented, participants will experience several of the activities and identify potential application in their work settings.

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe how short, evidence-based, targeted wellness activities can be incorporated into the live or virtual workplace.
  • Identify potential benefits of mini wellness activities on worker performance and patient or organizational outcomes.
  • Describe how these strategies can improve personal well-being for you and your workers.

108: Workplace Cardiovascular Risk: Some Things Old, Some Things New

Sheri Rowland, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

An occupational health nursing overview of cardiovascular disease will be presented in this session. The connection between musculoskeletal pain and risks for cardiovascular disease will be explored for clinical practice occupational health. In addition, the presenter will review a research study on Musculoskeletal Pain and Cardiovascular Risk in Hispanic/Latino Meatpacking Workers.

Learner Outcomes

  • Recognize the relationship between musculoskeletal pain and cardiovascular disease risk.
  • Identify factors increasing cardiovascular disease in Hispanic/Latino workers.
  • Examine findings of a study on pain and cardiovascular disease risk in Hispanic/Latino workers in the meatpacking industry.

AAOHN Foundation Session | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Self-Care is a Full-Time Occupation...Let the AAOHN Foundation Take Care of You Today

Jennifer Fields, MS, LPC

As with many issues highlighted during the pandemic, we have experienced high amounts of care giver fatigue and burnout. Join the AAOHN Foundation in this session for OHNs to learn tools for self-care practice to decrease burnout and take time for yourself.

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify three elements of burnout, two intervention strategies, and one restorative technique.
  • Gain practical experience of changing their stress levels through guided meditation and relaxation activity.

General Session | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

109: Nurse Moral Distress and Contemporary Occupational Health Environments-Strategies for Resolution

Pamela Grace, RN, ANP, PhD, FAAN

In this session, our presenter will lead a discussion that defines moral distress and emotional distress as related to nursing practice. Using contemporary problems in occupational health, attendees will develop general mitigation strategies for ethical quandaries.

Learner Outcomes

  • Differentiate between moral distress and emotional distress as they relate to nursing practice.
  • Describe two contributors to moral distress encountered in their practice environments.
  • Identify three strategies for relieving moral distress.

Concurrent Sessions 3 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

110: Keep On Keeping On: Keeping the Aging Worker Productive and Safe

Peggy A. Berry, PhD, RN, COHN-S, CLE, PLNC, FAAOHN; Steve Davis, BA, CLE, CEM, CQCSM

Dynamic duo Steve Davis and Peggy Berry discuss heathy aging with ergonomic modifications to keep the aging workforce productive and safety. Healthy aging actions also will be discussed.

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe three variables that can become barriers to successful aging in place.
  • Discuss the ergonomic job modifications to keep aging employees productive and safe.
  • Calculate the ROI to maintain aging employees.

111: Evaluation and Treatment of Concussions in Workers

Bryan Combs, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNL, ATC; Stephanie Hammond, DNP, CRNP, COHN-S

The presentation will discuss concussions, related pathophysiology, SCAT5 protocol, evaluation, treatment, and return to work strategies.

Learner Outcomes

  • Implement the SCAT5 protocol in practice to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of concussions.
  • Apply evidence-based treatment to injured workers with concussions.
  • Apply return to work strategies in clinical practice with the goal of returning the injured worker back to work.

112: Connecting Workers to a Culture of Health Through an Update on the Hazard Communication Standard


On February 16, 2021, OSHA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to modify the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Revision 7, to address specific issues that have arisen since OSHA last updated the HCS in 2012, and to provide better alignment with other U.S. agencies and international trading partners, without lowering the overall protections of the standard. Come learn the status of this update and how the changes will effect your workers.

Learner Outcomes

  • Know the timeline for Hazard Communication Standard proposed changes to align with GHS revision 7.
  • State at least one change to Appendix A - Health Hazards.
  • Identify at least one change to Physical Hazards.

Thursday, June 9

OHN Coffee and Networking | 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Catherine Dempsey Lecture | 9:00 am - 10:00 am

200: Celebrating the Pride, Power & Passion of Occupational Health Nursing

Kathleen D. Pagana, PhD, RN

Nurses often forget why they chose nursing as a career. Inspiration is needed to practice with passion. Many nurses have been hit hard by the pandemic, leaving them world-winded and overwhelmed. This session will renew spirit and pride for the profession they are working in today and shaping for tomorrow’s nurses.

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe how nurses have the power to advance the profession of nursing.
  • Identify two strategies for enhancing pride and power.

Concurrent Sessions 4 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

201: Cupping and Acupressure Treatments for NPs

Stephanie T Weinsier, DNP, ANP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN

Occupational health NPs will learn about cupping and acupressure treatments.

Learner Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of emerging/complementary treatment options, specifically trigger point therapy and cupping, as well as the demand and popularity for emerging treatment options.
  • Identify the associated risks, benefits, goals, and mechanisms of action of trigger point therapy/cupping and demonstrate knowledge of the educational & licensing requirements for delivering this treatment.
  • Name the various types of cups used, and the various types of cupping that can be delivered, often in conjunction with other alternative/complementary therapies and explore their roles in occupational health.

202: You Know it, Share it: Publishing Your Occupational Health Nursing Practice Innovations

Lisa A. Pompeii, PhD, FAAOHN; Susan Gallagher, PhD, MA, MSN, CSPHP; Louise O'Keefe, PhD, CRNP, CNE, FAANP, FAAOHN; Marie-Ann Rosemberg, PhD, MN, RN, FAAON; Kate McPhaul, PhD, RN, COHN-S

The Editorial Team for the Workplace Health and Safety Journal, the AAOHN's society journal, will provide technical information and a process for expert occupational health nurses to develop innovative professional practice ideas into manuscripts that they can submit for publication in the WHS Journal.

Learner Outcomes

  • Discuss how to identify a feasible and innovative professional practice topic to publish.
  • Identify the process of taking an innovative professional practice from the worksite to publication.
  • Discuss barriers and promoters to bringing those innovations to publication.

203: A Different Kind of Hearing Shift: Moving from Conservation to Hearing Health Promotion

Caroline Johnson MSN, RN, PHN; Laurie Wells, AuD, CPS/A

Much of the focus of OHNs is on prevention of exposure to workplace noise and does not consider other hearing health related factors that can impact worker well-being or interventions that support hearing health promotion. This session will explore of interventions that can be applied to support hearing health promotion and help shift programs beyond solely focusing on compliance with occupational hearing conservation regulations.

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe how excessive noise exposure can affect worker health and well-being.
  • Describe how fit testing hearing protection is a leading indicator and beneficial intervention strategy for hearing health promotion.

204: Rising From the Wreckage of Chronic Struggle

Crystal McFadden, MA, LPC

Join our presenter for an inspiring session to learn navigation and healthy coping skills for short term stressors and for long term chronic stress periods. Our presenter will discuss self care, emotion management professional and personal boundaries and burnout. Walk away reignited with hope and purpose armed with tools to identify stressors and learn coping strategies.

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify at least 3 personal symptoms (mind/body) that can be tended to with at least two healthy coping strategies fit for them, inclusive and applicable to various physical/emotional needs.
  • Encourage patients &/or coworkers at least two ways to empathize, decompress and regulate emotions in the moment to enhance clarity of thought and emotional regulation.

Concurrent Sessions 5 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

205: Nursing Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccines and Lessons Learned From Planning and Managing Mass-Vaccination Clinics

Chad Rittle, DNP, MPH, RN, FAAOHN

Join our presenter for an inspiring session to learn navigation and healthy coping skills for short term stressors and for long term chronic stress periods. Our presenter will discuss self care, emotion management professional and personal boundaries and burnout. Walk away reignited with hope and purpose armed with tools to identify stressors and learn coping strategies.

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe the COVID-19 vaccine development/approval process and how it met vaccine safety standards.
  • Discuss the attitudes of ANA member nurses about universal vaccination, vaccine acceptance and their level of support of the new vaccines.
  • Describe the lessons learned from the 2021 COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign based on discussions with personnel involved in multiple venues and describe the effectiveness of employer vaccine mandates.

206: Is That Nausea, etc. Work Related? GI System Assessment for NPs

Yolanda C. Lang, PhD, MSN, CRNP, COHN, FAAOHN

This session is about occupational GI related exposures and diseases as seen by occupational health NPs and the impacts on workers.

Learner Outcomes

  • Discuss the various parts and functions of the GI system.
  • Execute a general and GI specific history assessment.
  • Perform a complete GI physical assessment.
  • Discuss occupationally related GI conditions/diseases.
  • Discuss job accommodations related to GI complaints.

207: Connecting Workers to a Culture of Health Through "Fit to a T"


Did you know that American’s bone health is placing an increasing burden on the quality of life especially as baby boomers age? Do you know your “T” score? Are you familiar with the United States Bone and Joint Initative’s national campaign? Fit to a T is the United States Bone and Joint Initative’s response to the Surgeon General’s first-ever report on bone health and osteoporosis. Come learn how to take an active part to bring this Wellness information to your employees and colleagues during Bone and Joint Action Week held annually October 12-20. You will complete a self-assessment, learn what a T score is, do a balancing exercise, and get the resources you need.

Learner Outcomes

  • Be familiar with USBJI's "Fit to a T " program and updated resources available free to present as a Wellness program.
  • Learn how to make an assessment of the living environment and risk for fracture.
  • Be able to demonstrate one preventative bone health exercise.

Concurrent Sessions 6 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

208: Healthcare Considerations for the Older Population of the Workforce for Occupational Health NPs


As more workers are staying, remaining, or returning to the workforce by choice or necessity, there is a need for occupational health nurse practitioners (OHNPs) to understand the healthcare needs and potential/actual occupational risks of older workers in order to provide direct care and evaluation, programming, or referrals for this growing and diverse population of workers. Although today’s workplace offers more flexibility, diversity, and technological innovation than ever before for employees, businesses, organizations, governments and healthcare professionals; there are also more challenges, some accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and growth of the gig economy.

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe potential health, economic and health/digital literacy challenges for the population of older workers.
  • Discuss health implications/challenges for contract/temporary/gig older workers.
  • Explain how OHNP promote health/safety and prevent/manage injury and illness in older workers.

209: The Diagnostic Low Back Exam

Judith Kaufmann, DrPH, FNP-BC

This session will explore the anatomic structures as cause for back complaints, offer basic exam techniques for occupational health nurses.

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the back and identify potential pathologic findings on the back exam.
  • Demonstrate exam techniques to support differential diagnoses when evaluating back injuries and pain.

210: Connecting Workers to a Culture of Health: Quantifying the Value of OHN Services to Worker Health & Safety and the Business Bottom-line

Kari Kilbride, MPH, RN, BSN, COHN-S; Lisa Hunwardsen, RN

This session will review the results of an ABOHN survey on ROI/cost avoided by certified OHNs and the contributions to worker health & safety programs and the business bottom-line. In addition a survey that explores the contributions and value provided by OHNs during the COVID-19 pandemic, the impacts on the workplace during the pandemic and changes to the OHN role will be shared. Finally, the presenters will discuss the results of a survey on the value of OHN board certification and information on becoming a certified OHN.

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify strategies to demonstrate their value to the business and the worker health & safety programs they manage.
  • Discuss the contributions by OHNs during the COVID-19 pandemic and changes to the OHN role.
  • List the value of board certification in occupational health nursing.

211: Getting the Degree You Want

Marjorie C. McCullagh, PhD, RN, COHN-S, PHNA-BC, FAAOHN, FAAN; Candace M. Burns, PhD, ANP-APRN, FAAOHN

Many OHNs express interest in continuing their education for getting a better job, earning a promotion, or finally achieving a personal goal. However, many nurses in the workforce are faced with obstacles to achievement of their desired degree, such as lack of time, financial concerns, and commitment to their job. Some have been out of school for many years, and are unsure of how to begin getting the degree they have always wanted, and wonder if they qualify for admission. This session addresses the concerns of the returning student, including weighing costs and benefits of education, identifying and overcoming barriers to a degree, and finding financial and other resources to be successful in college.

Learner Outcomes

  • Describe a variety of academic learning opportunities available to OHNs.
  • Describe professional and personal benefits to educational advancement.
  • Develop individualized program selection criteria that meet the learner’s interests and goals, including characteristics of university, degree, and program.
  • Describe strategies for addressing common barriers to educational advancement.

Concurrent Sessions 7 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

212: Chronic Disease Management in Occupational Health: Coaching Patients who Present with Obesity and Overweight

Kathleen Golden McAndrew, DNP, MSN, ANP, COHN-S, CCM, FAAOHN, FAANP

People who are affected by obesity and are overweight have reached critical levels in our current healthcare system. Currently, two out of three Americans are overweight. 45% of middle-aged Americans fall in the range of obesity. Obesity is a chronic disease that impacts other illnesses such a diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. It is important that Occupational health professionals incorporate chronic disease management and health coaching through wellness programs to their employees.

Learner Outcomes

  • Review the definition of obesity and understand why the current statistics are reflecting why obesity is considered a public health crisis in our nation.
  • Identify the four pillars of treatment for patients who present with obesity and overweight and how occupational health professionals can integrate these practices into their health promotion and wellness programs.

213: Bringing Organizational Focus and Efficiency to Health Care Operations

Christine M. Kalina, MS, MBA, RN, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN; Alexis Lupo, MFA, CAPM, PMP

Do you run your projects, or do they run you? Nurses who are responsible for health care operations often feel pulled in many different directions. But they can repeatedly achieve success when they apply strategic planning strategies and project management principles to weigh multiple variables, overcome roadblocks and stay on target. During this course, participants will learn how to develop a strategic project plan and methodically track progress toward completion. The co-presenters are a dynamic duo with practical advice for nurse managers. Topics will include setting goals and objectives; delivering results on time and within budget; understanding buzz words and concepts; applying project management principles and tools; and using Political, Economic, Social and Technological (PEST) and Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analytic models to uncover factors affecting the business environment.

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify ways to set goals and objectives for a project to deliver results on time and within budget.
  • Define business buzz words and concepts as they apply to health care settings to reduce confusion and better execute plans.
  • Apply project management principles and analytic tools with practical results.

214: Head, Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat (HEENT) Assessment—Chin Up

Yolanda C. Lang, PhD, MSN, CRNP, COHN, FAAOHN

This session will offer a discussion of common Head, Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat conditions and injuries seen and evaluated in the work place. The presenter will discuss how to evaluate, diagnosis and treatments for common illnesses and injuries.

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify common EENT diseases and how the diseases effect the worker and his/her work environment.
  • Discuss EENT traumas related to the work environment.

Closing Keynote and Remarks | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

215: Connecting Workers to a Culture of Health

Ryan West, MS, CFI

In March 2020, the entire U.S. population, and other countries, unknowingly entered the largest research study on the effects of isolation and chronic stress as the nation battled a viral pandemic. The U.S. workforce saw massive furloughs, layoffs, and more employees began working remotely than ever before. These abrupt changes to our lifestyles and the way we conducted business resulted in a significant increase in employee substance use and mental illness across the U.S. and abroad. While the relationship between chronic stress, substance misuse, and mental illness is well-established in scientific literature, the pandemic served as a spotlight on the devastating effects of social isolation, highlighting our need to stay “connected” emotionally, even if we couldn’t physically. It also taught us that few are immune to the effects of chronic stress AND isolation, that sometimes the helpers need help, and that employers must take a more active role in connecting their workers to a culture of health.

Learner Outcomes

  • Discuss the relationship between chronic stress, substance misuse, and mental illness.
  • Identify changes in an employee’s appearance, behavior, and performance that are concerning.
  • Respond effectively to employee problems while maintaining professional boundaries to leverage employer, community-based, and online resources for individuals in need of support.